Using Youtube Videos in Primary

You tube has thousands of excellent educational videos.  Unfortunately, it’s too risky to use them in schools and for the most part I’ve found that the majority of schools are blocked from accessing Youtube, which is understandable. There are ways of making YouTube a bit safer but they still aren’t failsafe.  You can create a […]

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Smart Notebook 10

Have you upgraded to Smart 10? If not you are missing out on all sorts of new tools and resources . I have been into several schools in the last few weeks that are still using Smart 9 or 9.7. Its a free upgrade and you can find it by going to http://smarttech.com/us/Support/Browse+Support/Download+Software Don’t be […]

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e-safety

It’s been in the news this week again and I have done 2 days this week of workshops with pupils in schools on this theme. Part of the problem is that most children know more than their parents and quite often their teachers! Many of the primary age children I have been talking to this week […]

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Blogging in Primary

Blogging is a truly child centred approach to learning.  Kids can develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful context and are motivated to do so.  As a former Primary School teacher I know how difficult it can be to get some children to engage in writing. However, if they are able to read […]

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Using Photostory3 in the Classroom

Photostory 3 is a ‘free’ software package from Microsoft that you can use to turn your still photographs into a movie. It’s extremely easy to use and perfect for use in Primary Schools. Here is a clip created by some Year 6 pupils: The ideas for using it in the classroom are endless: Timelines Field […]

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Recommended Websites for Pre-Schoolers

Tired of Cbeebies?  Here are a couple of new sites you may want to try. Fisher Price Pre-School Games Good old Fisher Price.  Online games and activities, that are also educational. Next Next Kneebouncers Excellent for developing mouse control.  Very simple point and click design. Next Poussin Rouge Doesn’t come with any instructions because there […]

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Coming to Terms with ActivInspire

If you’re like me and have been dragging your feet getting to grips with ActivInspire you may find these video tutorials useful. A huge thank you to Tania, Craig and J. Reck who produced the videos. Introduction and Toolbox The ‘Browsers’ How to Use the Hidden Tool Using an Action Object to Reveal Layers How […]

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TeachMeet, Essex

This may be of interest to anyone in the Essex Area who’s interested in Teaching and Technology .  This looks great I’m going to try and clear my diary so I can attend.  If you’re wondering What is a Teach Meet? Cheers, Chrissie

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